Demand for fast fashion, particularly activewear, has grown in the UK exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more people working - and working out - from home, it’s been reported that activewear sales shot up by 97% in April alone. We all know we should reduce, reuse and recycle where we can, but if you’re looking for the last push to take the plunge into second-hand activewear, we’re here with 4 reasons why you should give it a try.
1. Protect the environment
The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. That's more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. In 2019 the global consumption of clothing was 62 million metric tonnes. If we continue consuming fast-fashion at the rate that we are now, we’re set to consume 102 million tonnes by 2029, and emissions will increase by more than 50% by 2030.
For people who are concerned about global warming (like we are at Goodfit), these numbers are terrifying. One way that we can begin to combat this is by buying second-hand. This avoids any further resources being used to produce your clothing. Here at Goodfit, we want to give you a way for you to make more sustainable choices.
2. Avoid nasty chemicals
Formaldehyde and other chemicals are used by some of our favourite high-street brands to preserve clothing in transit. Formaldehyde, in particular, is used to prevent the build-up of mildew and also reduces creasing. Ready for a scary fact? When used in large quantities, formaldehyde is also a carcinogen. That’s more than enough reason to buy second-hand, in our opinion! But, if you do choose to buy new, please, please, please wash your clothes before wearing.
3. Spend less
With new activewear brands popping up all the time, we have more choice now than ever before. However, from 2019 to 2020 the average price of leggings in the UK has gone up by £9. With an average saving of 70% on each item of clothing you purchase with us, you'll get top-quality activewear at a fraction of the cost.
4. Find the hidden treasure
We love the feeling of finding a gem in a charity shop, but apparently there’s £30 billion worth of unused clothing sitting in our wardrobes at home right now. So, please let us know if you have any activewear you'd like to sell on to us.
There you have it - 4 reasons to shop secondhand with Goodfit (and maybe find something of your own for us to sell, too).
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